Changing step: realigning one's life and work choices

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Thomas, Keith (2010) Changing step: realigning one's life and work choices. In: Beyond doctorates downunder : maximising the impact of your doctorate from Australia and New Zealand. Denholm, Carey and Evans, Terry, eds. ACER Press, Camberwell, Vic., pp. 82-89.


Love it or hate it, the military becomes a way of life, and so it was for some 27 years. Not surprisingly, there were some competing tensions in deciding to leave and pursue a doctorate at a time when many of my military peers were consolidating careers or contemplating semi-retirement. Disenchantment with a policy decision was the immediate catalyst to my decision to leave and take up a career opportunity in academe, wherein completing a PhD became obligatory. Having said this, starting a PhD was by no means a de facto choice; rather, it was the prime attractor in an otherwise unknown and relatively underpaid vocational choice.

Item type Book Section
ISBN 9780864318688
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Management and Information Systems
Keywords ResPubID23128, Keith Thomas, post-graduate studies, doctoral studies, long-term goals, university, military, PhD qualification, doctorates, Australia
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